Middle English Dictionary Entry

bidel n.
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One who makes announcements or carries messages and performs other services on the authority of a lord, court, guild, etc.; herald, town crier, summoner; ~ hod, a beadle's hood; ~ land (a field name); ~ of dai, chanticleer (used fig.).
(a) A minor official of a lord, manor, town, or law court, such as an under-bailiff, tax collector, warrant officer, constable, beadle; (b) a minor executive officer of a university, beadle.
Theol. (a) A messenger or delegate (of God); also, precursor (of Christ); (b) develes ~, servant of the Devil (referring to a heathen's court official).